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Research Methods Lecture 10 Finding Resources

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Transcript of Research Methods Lecture 10 Finding Resources

Newspaper Articles
Go to the site for the newspaper and search from there
OR go through Google
Relevancy depends on your topic
Great for "current event data"
What was happening (or what people thought was happening) at the time of an event
Books
Down with Dewey
LOC System
B: Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Religion
C: History-related disciplines
D: History (NOT Americas)
E-F: History (Americas)
G: Geography, Anthropology
H: Social Sciences
J: Political Science
First two lines: subject/sub-subject (read alphabetically)
3rd line: Author's last name (read together)
Publication year

BROWSE!!!
Beg, Borrow, Steal
How to Search?
Good keywords
Look for .gov, .org, .edu sites
Avoid unofficial sites or those unaffiliated with a legitimate organization
Use quotation marks where appropriate
Use "AND" "OR" "NOT"
Try Google if a website's search doesn't give results
Journal Articles
Google Scholar
Browse specific journals for relevant articles
APSR, IRQ, etc.
Content-specific
Problem: SLOW and possibly a waste of time
More useful if there's a journal specific to your topic (or an issue specific to your topic)
The Web
Do NOT trust the first Google result as correct OR the most legitimate
Official Pages
Governments, institutions, organizations, etc.
News Sources
Different kinds
Advocacy Pages
Personal home pages
Research Methods
PSCI 2024
Winter 2015
Dr. Courtney Thomas
Lecture 10: Finding Resources

Critically Evaluate...
Authority
The qualifications of the author and/or publisher
Objectivity
Interest and advocacy groups
Target audience?
Agenda?
Check methodology
Accuracy
Find corroborating sources
Currency
Depth and breadth
Databases
Summon (VT Library)
Log in for off campus access
JSTOR
World Wide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest)
World Treaty Index
World Public Opinion
World Development Indicators (World Bank)
Ethically, of course
Look at the bibliographies of sources you use
Look at books surrounding those you find through search engines
Ask you faculty for help
Get to know your library http://www.lib.vt.edu/subject-guides/start/index.html
Get to know your resource librarian!!!
Use ILL where necessary
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